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Until we get a proper Indesign import it would be nice, if we could combine textboxes to one. Copying from Indesign and pasting works, but every line of text is a separate text frame, so combining these frames would be handy. As of now text is transformed to curves if you combine text frames.


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still no answer to this question. I imagine it is not possible to do then. a pain in the A** having to merge hundreds of individual lines after importing text. I really need help to solve this.

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1 hour ago, Julio Alejandro said:

still no answer to this question. I imagine it is not possible to do then. a pain in the A** having to merge hundreds of individual lines after importing text. I really need help to solve this.

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums.

The context of the question (in this topic) was to deal with importing data from InDesign. That can now be done with IDML files, so (for this question) the issue should be resolved.

What are you importing from, and how are you performing the import?


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1 minute ago, walt.farrell said:

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums.

The context of the question (in this topic) was to deal with importing data from InDesign. That can now be done with IDML files, so (for this question) the issue should be resolved.

What are you importing from, and how are you performing the import?

Hello Walt, Thanks for que fast answer. I import text from different sources since I am consolidating all in Affinity. I have a lot information that was given to me in PowerPoint and I'm copy/pasting it, and it divides the textboxes into single lines the same happened with PDF.

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5 minutes ago, Julio Alejandro said:

it divides the textboxes into single lines the same happened with PDF.

First, if you Open a PDF you have a choice of how the lines are handled, and I would do that rather than copy/paste.

If copying from Powerpoint you probably get a paragraph break after each line. Is that what you're referring to? I think that's different from what this topic was talking about, which seems to be getting individual text frames, not merely individual paragraphs.


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Windows 10 Home, version 2004 (19041.388),
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Imagine I have a text box in PowerPoint that has 3 paragraphs, and each paragraph has between 5 to 8 lines. when I copy the textbook to A Pub the text is divided in 15 to 20 different textboxes, one for each line. that is the problem!

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Thanks for that example.


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Affinity Photo 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.864 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.864 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.8.5.703 and 1.9.0.863 Beta.

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19 hours ago, Julio Alejandro said:

Imagine I have a text box in PowerPoint that has 3 paragraphs, and each paragraph has between 5 to 8 lines. when I copy the textbook to A Pub the text is divided in 15 to 20 different textboxes, one for each line. that is the problem!

I assume you copied the text box. Instead, try selecting the text inside the box, and paste it into a new box in Publisher.

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